The Murdoch doggies at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun attended this year’s Labour Party conference in Liverpool, despite the paper being Persona Non Grata on Merseyside, but it seems were of less than perfect courage when it came to approaching those whose views interested them. So it was that journalist and Corbyn supporter Paul Mason found a private conversation he had with a visiting MP from Spain splashed across the paper.
It's your pants, Tom. They're on fire again
There was, though, a problem with that conversation: it was not sufficiently incendiary to warrant putting in the paper. So the Sun’s non-bullying political editor Tom Newton Dunn, who was so brave that he got someone else to record Mason during his lunch at the Yard Bird American restaurant in central Liverpool, did what he knows best - resorted to making it up to fit the headline that had already been decided upon.
“WORKING CLASS ZERO Paul Mason, Jeremy Corbyn’s celeb guru, admits he wants to oust hapless leftie as he doesn’t appeal to the ordinary Brits … Paul Mason revealed his true feelings, including wanting former shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis to take the top job, in a conversation with a confidante” reads the headline.
There was, however, as Captain Blackadder might have observed, only one thing wrong with this idea - it was bollocks. Mason is not a “guru”, he certainly isn’t a “celeb” - unless Newton Dunn and his pals at the Sun accept a similar status - and there was nothing in the conversation about “ousting” Jezza. Still, details, eh?
Here’s the schtick: “JEREMY Corbyn’s own firebrand celebrity guru wants to oust him because he ‘doesn’t appeal to the working class’, The Sun can reveal … Ex-BBC star Paul Mason let slip the devastating verdict on the hapless Labour leader in a conversation with a confidante”. So what did Paul Mason actually say?
“The person who I would replace Corbyn with eventually is this guy called Clive Lewis”. That is all. There is no talk of “ousting”, and given Jezza’s age, saying “eventually” tells you that “ousting” is no more than a figment in the imagination of those in the Baby Shard bunker. And it isn’t the only thing Newton Dunn has invented.
“Mr Mason is loathed by moderate Labour MPs” he tells. No Labour MP is cited in support - because Newton Dunn could not find one. And it gets worse: “The 56-year-old activist has a huge social media following and is known for whipping up deselection witch hunts against them if they publicly challenge Mr Corbyn’s right to run Labour”. No evidence is ponied up for this one either, because Newton Dunn does not have any.
But he is desperate enough to claim “Mason’s plotting will come as a hammer blow to Mr Corbyn” when there was no plotting, asserting Mason issued “a diatribe of vile abuse at the newspaper for exposing his real views” when it did nothing of the sort, and even describes the products of Brooklyn Brewery as “Posh Beer”.
Tom Newton Dunn, who went to Marlborough, very expensively, pretending he knows more than Jack Shit about beer and failing as miserably as he has in the rest of his article. And such a snivelling coward that he had to get someone else to do his dirty work for him.
Another pack of lies masquerading as journalism. Don’t buy the Sun.